Letters from Leo

  • Have you seen the latest film starring Leonardo DiCaprio?

Inception – is an entertaining movie worth the price of admission and also presents a couple of interesting themes I would like to explore here;

Ideas & Getting Complete.

Ideas

“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate.”

This line comes early in the film so I am not really giving anything away if you have not seen the movie yet.

Once to have an idea, you can not go back to the time where that idea did not exist. We know that all things are created twice; first in our mind and then in another form. Before I type this article, the idea exists in my mind. Before you prepare a meal, the idea exists in your mind. Before an architect designs a building and before a surgeon makes an incision. The idea is first.

In Seth Godin’s book “Ideavirus” we read that an idea can become contagious, in precisely the same way that a virus does.

All of us have seen it happen: all of us have had a hit song lodged in our heads, or run out to buy a book, or become infected with a particular idea without really knowing why.

With an idea being so powerful, I want to ask you:

    • What steps do you take to create ideas?
    • What are you doing to evaluate the ideas planted in your mind by others?

Who plants these ideas? Advertisers, the media, the government, our friends and of course our families. You know what they say about ideas “Everyone has one” and they are all mostly eager to share them.

The quality of ideas you “Plant” in your head will affect the actions you take.

These actions can eventually become habits. And we know that the results we create in our lives are directly linked to the actions we take.

Reevaluate the idea generators in your life. Some you may want to eliminate, and others you may want to get in the habit of questioning before letting them settle in unfiltered.

There is a second and equally powerful theme running through the film and it is that of “Getting Complete

Those things that are incomplete in your life never really let you go. You carry them around and it can sometime be difficult to take a big step forward if you keep one foot planted in the past.

A key step in being able to move ahead in your life is to clear the path. Do this by getting rid of the excess baggage from your past.

These could be incompletions in your:

    • personal life
    • relationships
    • home life and of course
    • professional life

Send that email, return that library book, file those receipts, forgive that person – whatever the issue – complete it! And then move on.

There is no nobility in having 300 unread emails or scars from previous relationships. The sooner you clear your past, the sooner (and easier) you will arrive in the future you design.

Now is a great time to make a list of those lingering feelings or situations.

The next thing to do is get into action.

If you want a little help or some more suggestions on how to get complete, send me an email and I will be pleased to help you clear the clutter from your life.

Be well,

BJ Radomski


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